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Reasons NOT to hire a tree lopper.

Reasons NOT to hire a tree lopper.

We regularly hear from concerned owners that their trees have been badly lopped, often after they were advised by a “tree lopper” that this would solve their tree problem. Often the tree had grown too tall, too wide to manage or over the roof.

In reality, lopping creates many more problems than it solves. Lopping often removes 50-100% of the tree’s canopy. A tree’s foliage is essential for food production, and this kind of stress triggers rapid new growth to cope with the stress that the tree suffers from lopping. This growth is called epicormic growth and is often weakly attached and may break easy. The tree does not care about strength at this point, it just needs new leaves to get more food as quick as possible. If the tree has little energy stored to do this, it may die.

Stressed trees are vulnerable to insect, pest and disease attack, while large open wounds expose the sapwood and heart wood to pathogens, fungi and decay.

Lopping is expensive; If the tree survives, it will require pruning again and again within a few years just to reduce the risk of failure of the epicormic growth that has quickly grown back. By doing this each time cutting back to square one, the tree looses more and more energy, gaining more and more pests and looking more and more unhealthy.

Pruning is often unavoidable and sometimes necessary. Pruning to Australian standards is important. If a branch must be shortened, it should be pruned to a lateral that is large enough to assume a terminal growth role and hence supporting natural branch form of the tree.

This takes years and years of experience to be done properly and often is species specific. It’s important to hire an Arborist for this as they know the correct pruning methods.

Above is an example of a reduction done to standard by us. We did this over a 2 year period to reduce tree stress, reduce epicormic regrowth, to maintain tree structure, to minimise crown disturbance for wildlife, reduce pests and disease and to keep it safe and low maintenance for the future.

By doing this we still achieved the outcome of no branches over the roof and a raised the canopy letting light though to a beautiful undergrowth planting.


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